Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

Trump’s Buy America NAFTA objectives ‘rather outrageous,’ says trade lawyer

August 1, 2017

The United States wants to maintain and even expand the Buy America provisions that restrict government procurement to companies using materials from within its borders, while making it easier for U.S. firms to get those contracts in Canada and Mexico.

The contradictory goal was among the objectives for the revamped North American Trade Agreement that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released earlier this month, suggesting the Americans want to have their cake and eat it too.

Statement by the Foreign Affairs Minister on the NAFTA Statements

July 18, 2017

The Honorable Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, ...made the following statement on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“NAFTA supports millions of middle class jobs in Canada, the United States and Mexico. We welcome the opportunity to modernize NAFTA to reflect new realities — and to integrate progressive, free, and fair approaches to trade and investment.

CN 17-23, Implementation of the Canada–Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA)

July 14, 2017

Ottawa, July 12, 2017

Implementation

1. This customs notice is to inform you that the Canada–Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) will be implemented on August 1, 2017. With the exception of a few agricultural goods, the CUFTA will essentially eliminate the customs duties on all imports from Ukraine, either immediately upon implementation of the agreement, or through a tariff phase-out for passenger automobiles.

Japan to host TPP Pacific Rim trade pact talks

July 11, 2017

Members of a Pacific Rim trade initiative rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump are to hold working-level talks [on July 12] in the Japanese mountain resort town of Hakone, west of Tokyo.

The three-day meeting among envoys from the 11 remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership follows a breakthrough last week on a Japan-European Union trade deal seen as a repudiation of the U.S. moves to pull back from such arrangements.

Last week, Japan named a new chief negotiator for TPP talks, Kazuyoshi Umemoto, a former ambassador to Italy...

Canada, EU to provisionally apply CETA in September

July 10, 2017

Canada and the European Union have finally agreed on a date for provisional application of the oft-delayed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.

The provisional application of the massive deal will come into effect on Sept. 21, according to a joint-statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, issued at the G20 summit meeting in Hamburg Saturday morning.

Speaking to reporters before leaving Germany, Trudeau said 98 per cent of the deal will come into effect on the Sept. 21 date...

Canada Invited to Become Associate Member of the Pacific Alliance

July 4, 2017

With its growing middle class and open, market-driven economies, the Pacific Alliance offers immense potential for business partnerships that will support growth, opportunities, and middle class jobs in both Canada and Latin America.

While in Cali, Colombia, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, welcomed an announcement by the Pacific Alliance that Canada has officially been invited to start negotiations in the process to become an Associate Member of the Pacific Alliance...

CETA held up by disputes over drugs and cheese

June 30, 2017

Disputes over cheese and pharmaceuticals are holding up the start of a EU-Canada free trade agreement that both sides have championed as a landmark deal for open markets against a protectionist tide.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has received all the clearances required for it to enter force provisionally, with officials on both sides hoping for implementation by July 1.

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